VIDEO: Tornado lifts the trampoline from the Saanich yard and drops it into the block

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Lindsay Cristante was playing with her boys in her garden sandbox on Thursday when she saw a “big sand tunnel” approaching with a “low rumble noise”.

She picked up Luca, 4, and Leo, 20 months, and took refuge in a corner of the house about 10 meters away. She told the boys to put their heads in his body and waited for him to pass.

It was only when a neighbor asked her if she needed help with the family’s new trampoline that she discovered that it had been picked up and thrown halfway in the city block. McBriar avenue in Saanich.

Environment Canada meteorologists have watched a video captured by a neighbor’s security camera and believe the phenomenon was an EF-0 tornado, defined by winds between 90 and 130 kilometers per hour.

This type of tornado is the weakest of all possible tornadoes, said Doug Lundquist, Environment Canada meteorologist.

Despite this, the trampoline will no longer be used, said Cristante. ” It is done. The frame is broken. ”

She was first alerted to the tornado, which struck shortly after noon, when the boys spotted something a few hundred meters in the sky. “It looked like a kite. “

After the tornado passed, she saw the article in her backyard: it was a sign of a baseball field near Lakehill Elementary School.

The family’s rear fence was damaged and some flower pots were destroyed.

Across the street, a motion-activated security camera mounted in Keith Harding’s garage captured images of the tornado.

Harding was inside when he looked out the window to see a big cloud settle down, prompting him to tell his children to come down. He could see him sucking the dust and sand from the baseball park.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen. “

Lundquist said it is rare to see tornadoes like this in British Columbia, which are not like the stronger tornadoes you sometimes see on the Canadian Prairies. Weaker tornadoes are caused by weather conditions similar to those that cause funnel clouds over water.

This incident is a reminder to tie up anything that could be damaged or washed away by strong winds, said Lundquist.

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